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Lambert, Miller, and White family collection

Identifier: L476

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, diaries, and business papers of the Lambert, Miller, and White family ranging from 1824 to 1968. The bulk of the correspondence is between the Lamberts, Millers, and Whites (1885-1932), but also includes many letters from the Saunders family in Iowa, Kentucky, and Washington (1895-1950). The collection also contains Paschal T. Lambert's reminiscences of his early childhood in Indiana (undated); family diaries (1897-1943); Oscar G. Miller's autograph book (1882-1896), scrapbook (1892-1954), and news clippings (1900-1955); travel diaries and narratives about trips to Europe, Iowa, the West and Pacific Coast (1903-1935); Greensburg Chautauqua programs on hand fans (1915-1924); and a few photographs. Items of note are paper currency from Oscar and Clara Miller's European trip (1913); copies of The Coming Nation newspaper (1894-1895); a Star Soap Nursery Rhymes booklet (circa 1895) and Rebus contest pamphlet (1898); a Fleischmann and Company's tracing book (ca.1895-1900); Indiana pocket railroad maps (1894-1928); the newsletter "The Indiana Presbyterian" (1966); and the Historical Society of Decatur County newsletter, "The Bulletin" (1966-1968).

The collection also contains legal documents from Paschal Lambert and Oscar Miller relating to their work as an abstractor and lawyer in Decatur County, Indiana. Lambert's documents include an 1839 slave sale for a woman named Becky and her daughters, Becky and Nancy from Lexington, Kentucky; documents regarding a legal dispute between Edward Ricketts and Richard Mausey (1840-1848); documents regarding Kitty Blackwell vs William Blackwell and John Blackwell (1867-1869); Bailey Johnson estate documents (1863-1866); documents of the Pearce and Hamilton families (1834-1914); and other indentures, estate documents, and abstracts of title for real estate in Decatur County (1840-1921). Oscar Miller's documents include tax receipts, indentures, estate documents (1824-1949); abstracts of title for property located in the Cherokee Nation, Indiana Territory that became Craig County, Oklahoma (1906-1910); delinquent tax lists from Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana and lists of properties purchased by Miller and Zoller (1899-1904).


  • 1824-1968


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Paschal T. Lambert was born May 24, 1831 in Marion County, Indiana to John and Lucinda Lambert. After the death of his parents in 1842, he moved to Decatur County to live with relatives. In 1853, he moved to Albia, Iowa and married Elizabeth Saunders there on September 3, 1857. Paschal and Elizabeth moved back to Greensburg, Indiana in 1876. They had six children, but only three of their daughters, Sue, LaZena, and Clara, lived to adulthood. Paschal was a well-known and respected resident of Greensburg and for many years worked as an abstractor of titles. He died at the age of 85 on December 29, 1916.

Elizabeth Lambert was born on September 26, 1833 in Decatur County, Indiana to Captain James and Cynthia Saunders. Elizabeth moved with her family to Albia, Iowa in 1855. The Saunders were a large family and included sons Henry, Robert, Miles, Newton, William and Jesse and daughters, Susan, Elizabeth, and Mary. Susan (1828-1903) married Robert A. Hamilton and Mary (1838-1919) married Nathan Hendrix. Elizabeth died on June 5, 1921.

Sue Lambert was born on July 10, 1858. She never married, but was active in her community and also worked as an abstractor of titles. After the death of her parents, she made her home with her sister Clara. She passed away at the age of 81 on April 16, 1940.

Sources: "Mary K. Hendrix." Washington Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960. Accessed May 1, 2017. "James Saunders." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 1, 2017.

"Miss Lambert Passes Away." Greensburg Daily News (IN), April 16, 1940.

"Mrs. P.T. Lambert, Member of Old Family is Dead." Greensburg Daily News (IN), June 6, 1921.

"P.T. Lambert Dead After Long Illness." Greensburg Standard (IN), December 29, 1916.

"The Pioneers. Our Oldest Citizens, Who Made This Country What It Is." Greensburg Standard (IN), January 11, 1907.


Clara Lambert was born November 7, 1866 in Albia, Iowa and moved with her family to Greensburg, Indiana in 1876. She married Oscar G. Miller on May 30, 1895. Oscar was born on April 21, 1866 in Rush County, Indiana to Augustus and Celia Miller. He was a graduate of DePauw University and began practicing law in 1891. Clara and Oscar had three daughters: Margaret, Dorothea, and Eleanor. Clara passed away on October 13, 1950 and Oscar on December 23, 1957.

Their eldest daughter Margaret was born March 8, 1898 and attended Elmira College in New York. She worked for the Indiana State Welfare Department and was a lecturer at Indiana University. She married Michael Smirnoff in 1944. She died on April 7, 1987 in Bradenton, Florida. Dorothea was born January 1, 1901 and was a high school librarian. She attended Elmira College, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and received her masters degree from Columbia University. She died at the age of 89 on July 27, 1990. Eleanor was born February 10, 1905 and became a school teacher after attending Elmira College. She married Charles S. Cox, Sr. in 1932 and they had two sons. She moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1938 and lived there until her death on November 15, 2000.

Sources: "Clara Miller." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed May 1, 2017. "Oscar G. Miller." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed May 1, 2017.

"Dorothea H. Miller, 89." Greensburg Daily News (IN), July 28, 1990.

"Eleanor M. Cox." Washington Post, November 18, 2000.

"Margaret Miller Smirnoff, 89." Greensburg Daily News (IN), April 11, 1987.

"Oscar G. Miller, Barrister, Dies." Rushville Republican (IN), December 23, 1957.

"Weddings and Engagements." Indianapolis Star (IN), January 30, 1944.


Lazena Lambert was born September 28, 1863 in Albia, Iowa. She married Edward M. White on August 12, 1889. Edward was born April 7, 1861 in Decatur County to Isaac and Caroline White. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and began practicing law in Muncie, Indiana. For four years he held a legal position with the federal government after being appointed by President Benjamin Harrison. He also served as assistant attorney general of Indiana for sixteen years. He and Lazena had three sons: Paul, Don, and Hal. Lazena passed away on August 11, 1933 and Edward on August 1, 1934.

Paul White was born July 21, 1890 in Greensburg. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and taught at the University of Pennsylvania before serving in World War I as an aide-de-camp on the staff of General Hale. He married Helen Van Keuren, a World War I nurse, in 1819. Following the war, he was a professor at Yale University for two years. He and Helen had one daughter, Anne (1921-2010), before he died of appendicitis at the age of 32 on August 25, 1922.

Donald S. White was born at Washington, D.C. on March 29, 1892. He was a 1916 graduate of Bowdoin College and studied for a year on a Longfellow scholarship at Princeton University. 1n 1917, he enlisted in the American Field Service driving an ambulance for the French Army. After the United States entered World War I, he enlisted with the American forces and was one of the few Americans who flew over the front. He had a long career with the United States government, working overseas in many locations including Austria, Germany, England, and Scotland. He married his brother Paul's widow, Helen, and they had a daughter, Cynthia (1931-2004). He died on February 15, 1956.

Hal S. White was born October 16, 1893 at Greensburg. He earned an A.B. degree from Bowdoin College, and a degree from Oxford University, England. He was a professor in the English department at New York University, New York City for thirty two years. He married Margaret Marshall and they had one daughter, Judith (1931-1971). They divorced and he later married Barbara O'Connell. He died on July 11, 1962.

Sources: "Judith P. Fleck." California Death Index, 1940-1997. Accessed May 2, 2017. "Hal Saunders White." U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.. Accessed May 2, 2017. "Paul L. White." Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1964. Accessed May 2, 2017.

"Death Claims Donald White: Descendant of Pioneer Families." Greensburg Daily News (IN), March 10, 1956.

"E.M. White is Dead in Connecticut." Greensburg Daily News (IN), August 2, 1934.

"Indianapolis Woman Dies Here Friday." Greensburg Daily News (IN), August 12, 1933.

"Prof Hal S. White Dies In New York." Indianapolis Star (IN), July 16, 1962.

"Well Known Man Dies in the East." Greensburg Daily News (IN), August 25, 1922.


2.6 Cubic Feet (8 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Paschal T. Lambert documents, 1834-1921 Series 2: Lambert, Miller, and White family documents, 1882-1968 Series 3: Lambert, Miller, and White family correspondence, 1831-1958 Series 4: Oscar G. Miller legal documents, 1824-1949

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dorothea Miller on 1969/06/30 and Margaret M. Smirnoff on 1970/07/09.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S0799: Lambert family papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/05/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/05/15 by Laura Eliason.


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